Jan 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
aside and took votes. and here we have harry reid in his six years, it says 287 and counting -- well, 391 before he completed his sixth year. so an enormous, enormous difference. and the work that we've engaged in right now, of trying to find a way to have every voice heard and then to be able to proceed to be accountable and transparent before the public is -- is so important. i would note that sometimes, as -- as you and i have engaged in this conversation, we've heard criticisms from across the aisle saying you're trying to silence the voice of the minority. do you see anything in the proposals that we've been advocating for that in any way silences the voice of the minority? mr. udall: in looking at this, i do not see anything in the proposals. and, i think we, in working this together, tried to -- to bring a discipline to it that said we want to preserve the best traditions of the senate, we want the minority to be heard, we want the minority to be able to have amendments. and we want them included in the process. what we don't want is the tyranny of the minority. and the founde
Jan 22, 2013 8:00am EST
the democrats for just a second, because harry reid talked about the assault weapon ban and the chances of his being able to get it through the united states senate. he said it ain't gonna happen. and so if you look at the red state senators who are up for re-election in north carolina or out west or down south or wherever they're from, i don't think he can lift it. and can that's what i'm talking about in terms of overreach. if this was something where you said close the loophole on gun shows, catch the 40% of people who are going into the shows and escaping, buying guns if they're mentally disturbed and we should catch that and reasonable restrictions. the problem in the heller case and what d.c. was doing is they said you couldn't have a gun unless you registered it, but then today wouldn't let you register it. i mean, that's an effective you can't do it. and that does, in fact, go too far. so if it's a common sense -- and, you know, quite frankly, i don't know why ten. i don't know why somebody needs ten bullets, let alone thirty. so ten doesn't seem like some magic number t
Jan 15, 2013 5:00pm EST
democratic leaders like harry reid? nancy pelosi? especially harry reid that they will push the assault weapons ban? >> again, this was addressed earlier. the legislative strategy will be something that is worked out with legislative leaders. the fact is to the president is committed to the renewal of the assault weapons ban. a number of senators are. i think there are a variety of things that we need to have done legislatively, and the president has already put forward some of those in terms of how that plays out, i think we have to wait and see, but he is committed to acting, and you will -- i think you have seen something that reflects that which is, the vice-president, at the president's request, took on this task of bringing people together, formulating proposals and recommendations of the holidays and in the midst of the fiscal clarified and no other physical challenges and debates that we are having with congress and did an extraordinary amount of work in order to present to the president a series of recommendations that he said -- could choose from and put forward which
Jan 23, 2013 9:00am EST
meet. members spending the morning on general speeches. senate majority leader harry reid has said he hopes to bring up a hurricane sandy at bill later this week providing an additional $50 billion in various aid on top of the nearly 10 billion fema funds that were passed earlier this month. this is live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. eternal lord god, we shout praises to you for your love never fails. you rescue us from trouble with your loving and mighty providence. we commend our nation to your compassionate care, trusting you to guide it with your merciful hands. bless the work of our senators. help them to respect and esteem each other as they struggle together for resolution of complex issues. lord, we thank you for the many people working on capitol hill who support our lawmakers, serving you faithfully without public recognition. may we never take for granted their labors for liberty. we pray in your gracious name. amen.